Betstar is one of the top Australian bookmakers owned by Britain bookie giant, Ladbrokes. It was acquired by Ladbrokes in 2014 after the owners, Michael and his son Eskander decided to sell because of the emerging competition of the Australian wagering market. With its financial clout, Ladbroke took over Betstar and reinvigorated everything to make it the top notch bookie it is today.
Because Ladbrokes is licensed by the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority, it is possible to offer some bonuses to Australians in Queensland and Northern Territory that other bookmakers are not allowed. Apart from Betstar, Ladbrokes also owns Bookmaker.com.au, and runs its online brand. Notably, all the three have identical markets and odds, but promotions vary slightly.
Betstar products, features, and markets
Betstar products are as diverse as those in Ladbrokes. They are geared towards giving punters an enthralling betting experience and win their loyalty.
- Best Tote and SP: This product is offered on major NRL and races in Australia and selected countries. The punter is guaranteed of the highest price if the bet selected wins.
- VIP account manager: To make the betting experience even more enthralling, Betstar has appreciated that there are recreational wagers and potential gamblers. The VIP account manager is meant for potential wagers. The manager keeps the punter well updated, notifies him about the available markets as well as available promotions to take advantage of.
- Pick your odds: This product gives punters the opportunity to pick preferred odds and Betstar provides a specific margin equal to their pick. If your selection wins with a bigger margin, the dividends are more.
- Favourite vs Field: This product is for wagers who have a strong feeling that their bets will lose. Betstar gives them an opportunity to go against the favourite and raise chances of emerging the winner. The product is offered mainly on Australian races.
Betstar provides thousands of markets every day that comes with very competitive odds. The main Australian sports are over 200 including NRL, AFL, A-League, Cricket, and Rugby. Besides, the bookmaker is not short of global sports markets. There are thousands of games every day and every week including English Premier League games, top European country soccer leagues, darts, futsal, volleyball, tennis, basketball, and sailing among others.
Offers and promotions
Welcome bonus: Every new customer gets a welcome bonus of up to $250 after signing up a new account. This bonus is provided with a promotional code that gives the wager a 100$ free matched up bonus on initial deposit. Therefore, if your first deposit is $150, you will get an equal amount of $150.
Protest pay-outs: These are payments made to punters when their bet loses. The product only applies to selected odds.
Other top bonuses and offers include Double the Odds, Top Fluctuation on top of regular weekly promotions for regular punters. Note that the bonuses can be split into different bets as opposed to one single bet.
Betstar website and online betting
Betstar website is in many aspects like that of Ladbrokes apart from the themes and colour schemes. It is very fast and loaded with very helpful features to help punters navigate faster to select their games and place bets.
The notable difference between from other Ladbroke websites is that the entire Betstar interface looks natural. The sports menu is carefully positioned on the main column’s far left side. Active markets are well displayed on every sport for extra efficiency. Additionally, there are quick links on the top-left part of the screen that update punters on the available market and events.
When a wager selects a specific sport, both primary submarkets, as well as the entire list of sub-markets, are displayed. Then, click on any fixture and available odds will come up automatically so that you can pick the best choice.
For punters who want to make quick bets, Betstar has a Quickbet feature without following the normal procedure. Note that you can make the selections on available odds to bet or line them on the wagering slip for later review.
Betstar wagering slip is always on the top of the window every time you make a new selection. The slip also contains all the events, multibet options, and other details about your selected option. If you want to get a bigger window for viewing other markets or follow specific market information, the slip can always be minimized.
In a unique show of connection, Betstar maintains a great blog to share information about betting and educate punters. The blog is a great place to learn about what is new and even get common questions answered. Unlike other bookmakers, the blog is so interactive, and you can even suggest changes to specific areas that are underperforming. It is this type of interaction that has made Betstar one of the most liked bookmakers in Australia.
The mobile app
The mobile app is one of the greatest score points for Betstar. It is compatible with both Android and Apple products. The app converts your mobile phone into a wagering station with clear access to all markets, promotions, and direct notifications when new offers are released. The app also allows the punter to live stream games and make the right bets. If you do not like downloading the mobile app, Betstar has a dedicated browser that allows you to wager just like its website. To bet on your phone, Betstar has a minimum requirement of $20. Also, you are also required to make a direct call to the company before live betting.
The Betstar visa card
To make withdrawals from your account easy and fast, Betstar issues its members with a Betstar card. You are required to download the funds from the account into the card and use it on any of Australian bank’s ATMs. Note that the card has a daily withdrawal limit of $1000, a daily purchase limit of $5000, and a cumulative limit of $5000.
Betstar has emerged as a top player in the Australia betting market because of its enthralling website, mobile app, and diverse products. By designing a card that users can make direct withdrawals, the bookmaker has won the hearts of many punters. Despite the higher than average margins and dormant account fees, Betstar is a great option for both new and veteran punters.